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Three Businessmen Charged After Pitt County Sweepstakes Raid


Three people have been charged after the discovery of 14 gaming machines following a raid last week in Greenville.

Pitt County deputies say Christopher Bass of Elm City and Joseph Bass, Jr. of Spring Hope have been charged with felony operating five or more video gaming machines. Deputies say the two own Platinum Sweepstakes Café on Memorial Drive.

Also charged is the owner of the machines, Donald Boyd of Elm City. He is facing felony manufacture/sell/lease electronic video gaming machines, felony operating five or more video gaming machines, and a misdemeanor gambling charge.

The three men turned themselves in Tuesday.

Spokewoman Christy Wallace said the machines contained non-prereveal software. Wallace says that the owner of the machines told deputies he had a previous location in Nash and moved his machines recently to Greenville.


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A sweepstakes business in the east is out several gaming machines following a raid Thursday evening.

Public Information Director Christy Wallace says that deputies have seized around 14 stand up video poker machines from the Platinum Sweepstakes Cafe on Memorial Drive in the Greenville Buyers Market Shopping Center. We're told that the machines contain non-prereveal software.

Wallace says that the owner of the machines told deputies he had a previous location in Nash County and moved his machines to Greenville.

Deputies were still at the scene as of 6:00.

More information on this story is expected.


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